May 22-25, Crawford, Nebraska
Boy can it rain here. I know they need it and I am thankful they are getting it, but I’m ready to move on. We have spent five days here, Memorial Day weekend.
It’s a quiet little town, well not really, there are about 5 coal trains an hour that go through here, every hour, day and night. Empty one direction, full the other way. But otherwise, quiet. People are friendly when we see them. Seems most of them bugged out for the weekend, some are at a State Track meet cheering on the competitors somewhere.
Visited the Museum of the Fur Trade on Friday, a wonderful little museum with great exhibits and history. They also had replicas of the warehouse and living quarters of the agent in charge of the warehouse. This warehouse was about 30’ x 14’, pales in comparison to the warehouses we have today.
Saturday we took a drive south a little bit on some dirt roads. It hadn’t rained much, so we thought we would try them out. A lot of what we are finding says not to drive on some of the roads during or after a heavy rain. We have been having a lot of heavy rain and I don’t particularly want to get stuck in a remote location. We went to the Agate Fossil beds, again a nice small museum with beautiful artifacts from this region, and a great collection of fossils. We took the 2-1/2 miles walk out to the fossil beds because the weather looked fine.
The ranger also said we were not likely to see any rattlesnakes. He was wrong about that. Rattler #3 so far. The weather turned while we were out, wind picked up and started to rain. The clouds are stunning, and the views expansive. It’s nothing like Kansas.
Sunday we went to Ft. Robinson State Park. It’s a large complex that was used from the late 1800’s to the 1950’s for various army stuff. It’s also the place where Crazy Horse was killed and where the Cheyenne escaped from and were eventually mostly murdered with a few captured and relocated to a reservation. Most of the buildings have been converted to lodging accommodations and they have stage coach rides, trail rides, fishing and hunting are available in the area and all kinds of activities for kids.
It is a really nice park in such an unpopulated area of the country. These are some views from the Soldier Creek area, north of the park. And yes, there were some buffalo there.
|Soldier Creek valley and view of buttes|
Memorial Day, we were going to go to the service at the park we are in, but I think it was cancelled due to the pouring rain. We never did see anyone around.
We stayed in to do laundry and
put dinner in the crockpot.
We had wanted to drive out to the Toadstool formations, but it clearly states in the brochure the roads are not recommended for travel after a heavy rain and it rained hard all night and most of the morning. It just goes to show that you can’t see everything even if you do slow down to take time to do it, and it gives us a reason to come back to this beautiful place and do some more exploring.
Moving on to Custer State Park tomorrow for a Meet-Up with Mom and Chuck!!